Recently, when an elderly person was struggling with their mobility, they called on a neighbor to help. At first, it was just needing a little assistance taking out the garbage. They could no longer wheel the oversized garbage bin down to the end of the driveway and their neighbor was more than happy to help. After that, they started asking friends and a couple close family members for assistance getting things down from the attic, to go to the store and do some shopping, and so on. They didn’t want to talk about home care options, though, not because they wouldn’t admit they needed help (because they obviously did) but because they didn’t know much about it.
Many people have misconceptions about home care support services.
There are millions upon millions of people all across the country who need some type of support and care throughout the day. The vast majority of these individuals, elderly and disabled adults, receive assistance from immediate family members, such as a spouse, parents, adult children, and siblings.
However, the better option is almost invariably home care aides.
That’s because these individuals have experience supporting aging clients who are going through similar situations. Where the breakdown occurs, though, is most seniors simply don’t know much about the home care options available to them.
They might assume it’s too expensive.
The idea of hiring somebody to come to their house, even for just a few hours a day, can be overwhelming. The idea of paying $20 or $30 an hour can seem a bit ridiculous. However, in many cases, home care can be provided for a limited amount of time, maybe even for just a couple of days during the week to start, at least when hiring through an agency.
They might think they’ll lose independence.
When a person worries about these things, they don’t ask questions; they simply argue against them. In reality, though, an aging senior will not lose any of their autonomy or independence just because they’re relying on home care aides for physical support, emotional encouragement, and reminders. These home care aides are dedicated to helping improve quality of life, comfort, and safety for their clients.
The best thing anyone can do for an aging senior who would benefit from home care, but really doesn’t know much about it, is learn for themselves so they could then accurately relay that information to the senior. Then, the aging person could make a rational and reasoned decision, which could ultimately be the best one they make at this point in their life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care for seniors in Snellville, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.
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